Fashion designer Ying Gao has fabricated a pair of dresses that writhe around and light up when someone stares at them (+ movie).
"We use an eye-tracking system so the dresses move when a spectator is staring," Ying Gao told Dezeen. "[The system] can also turn off the lights, then the dresses illuminate."
The gaze-activated dresses are embedded with eye-tracking technology that responds to an observer's gaze by activating tiny motors to move parts of the dresses in mesmerising patterns.
One dress is covered in tendrils of photo-luminescent thread that dangle from ruched fabric. On the other, glow-in-the-dark threads form a base layer with fabric cut into ribbons loosely bunched over the top.
With the lights off they create an effect similar to glowing sea creatures.
We've previously written about an eye-tracking camera that's controlled by blinking and squinting, plus plans to mark roads with luminescent paint so they glow at night.
Here's some more information from Ying Gao:
(NO)WHERE (NOW)HERE: 2 interactive dresses
The project was inspired by the essay entitled "Esthétique de la disparition" (The aesthetic of disappearance) by Paul Virilio (1979).
"Absence often occurs at breakfast time – the tea cup dropped, then spilled on the table being one of its most common consequences. Absence lasts but a few seconds, its beginning and end are sudden. However closed to outside impressions, the senses are awake. The return is as immediate as the departure, the suspended word or movement is picked up where it was left off as conscious time automatically reconstructs itself, thus becoming continuous and free of any apparent interruption."
The series comprising two dresses, made of photoluminescent thread and imbedded eye-tracking technology, is activated by a spectators' gaze. A photograph is said to be “spoiled” by blinking eyes – here however, the concept of presence and of disappearance are questioned, as the experience of chiaroscuro (clarity/obscurity) is achieved through an unfixed gaze.
Super organza, photoluminescent thread, PVDF, electronic devices.